Study of the role of uncertain information in population assessments is in its infancy. However, risk analysis has not yet been routinely incorporated into stock assessment, and greater efforts along these lines are needed. Overall, national leadership is needed in the various federal and state programs for. In addition, another part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, namely the National Sea Grant Program, supports coastal fisheries research, including such aspects as management, development of fishing technology, and sampling for management data.
It has long been recognized that the most appropriate mix of fisheries science should include not only catch and biological information pertaining to the species being fished, but also relevant information on life history, behavior, and ecology. Although a number of assessments and management recommendations have been made on the basis of such broadly based information and approaches, most have relied on single-species assessments without regard to ecological con-.
Single-species models will continue to be a key element in making decisions on harvest rates, as indeed they should. However, this should not deter fishery managers from increasing the breadth of ecological and environmental information to be collected and applying ecological approaches to fishery management decision-making. Such an approach would result in the availability of more comprehensive and better scientific management decisions. Furthermore, the committee is acutely aware of the growing concerns regarding management under uncertainty, its linkages to biological and socio-economic inputs, and the interface between science and policy.
Committee members recognize the manager's need for scientific information on the status of exploited marine resources, but at the same time, note that a reasonable, balanced science program should allow for increased exploration of environmental and biological information that can augment fishery management decision-making. It is understood that inherent uncertainties in dynamics of natural systems will always limit the effectiveness of the continued search for increasing precision. There are some funding issues that the committee believes are important. Current funds are insufficient for conducting appropriate stock assessment surveys.
Finally, in some situations, both the personnel and time required to process information collected for management purposes are lacking, resulting in long delays in getting the needed information to the fishery managers. Biological habitats and the biota that occupy them constitute interacting systems called ecosystems.
The maintenance of sufficient fish stocks depends directly on the integrity of these ecosystems. Fisheries can directly affect an ecosystem's structure through removals or habitat damage, and thus have the potential to alter its productivity or the quality of its products. Fisheries also can be affected by habitat alterations resulting from damage by other users or from pollution. The most serious forms of coastal degradation are the physical destruction of important habitats, water pollution, and the introduction of exotic species.
Overfishing and habitat damage need to be addressed by the fishery conservation and management rules. Healthy fish populations are a good index of the health of an ecosystem because fish depend on the continued well-being of many ecosystem components. Recognition of the importance of the environments on which fish stocks depend will require fishery management to expand into the arena of ecosystem. A fishery ecosystem is the network of feedbacks between the fish of interest and the biotic and abiotic environment essential to its well-being and productivity.
Major losses of fishery resources may already have resulted from overexploitation and human-induced changes in habitat. In the long term, it is not possible to conserve and manage fisheries without including ecosystem-level analyses. Long-term fishery research, management, and conservation will require knowledge, responsibilities, and decisions at an ecosystem level.
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Fisheries scientists and managers have given virtually no consideration to consequences of removing target species on the structure, dynamics, and productivity of the ecosystem of which the target species are a component. Decreases in the populations of both target and bycaught species may change food-web relationships at many levels. Such effects have been observed in benthic and demersal systems that have been altered by heavy fishing of important predators. In a few situations the non-marketed discarded species are ones known to have been overfished.
In a fishery ecosystem, the interdependency between species including target and non-target species and their habitats, requires that fishery managers address critical issues for both of these components in order to provide for effective conservation and management. Bycatch is the capture of species or sizes other than those designated as target species.
Some portion of the bycatch may be sold; other portions may be discarded. In this report, discard refers to the portion of the bycatch that is not retained for sale, but rather is discarded. For some fisheries, discard of bycatch may result in considerable waste. There is some data that demonstrates that overutilized target species suffer from high bycatch levels and in some instances, levels so high that they exceed reported landed catches; however, there is a lack of quantitative data on bycatch and its direct and indirect effects.
Most fisheries and the applicable management plans focus on. In this report the committee is particularly interested in the volume and numbers of fish and other marine life that are discarded from fishing vessels and the mortality involved in these discards. The committee also recognizes that unreported mortalities often occur, e.
However, it is also true that discarding of high-fecundity species has also been shown to produce high mortality levels, e. Managers need to identify and determine the levels of discard mortalities and take appropriate conservation actions. Although some discards consist of species having little commercial value, other discards involve species or sizes or sexes of species important to other users or useful to the same fisheries at later times.
The extent of bycatch problems varies from one fishery to another by area and time, but virtually all types of fishing gear catch some individuals of non-target species. Disposal at sea of incidentally caught organisms and fish-processing wastes can cause significant changes in the behavior, distribution, and abundance of scavenging species. For example, the nesting behavior of birds may be affected, resulting in unnatural population changes.
Thus, both target and non-target species and the species they interact with are affected by heavy fishing. Discard studies should focus on the quantifications of the total mortalities imposed as the result of fishing including discard mortality, unobserved fishing mortality, 12 ghost fishing, and unreported waste. Human activities have often altered habitats important for sustaining fishery resources. Coastal degradation frequently has very serious impacts on fisheries, and measures to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems need to be included in regional coastal-zone management plans.
The most serious forms of coastal degradation are those that involve the destruction of important habitats such as coastal wetlands, bays, coral reefs, oyster beds, deep-water coral forests, kelp forests, benthic areas serving as larval nurseries, and in particular river systems with anadromous stocks. In many areas habitats are severely affected by pollution, including nutrient loading from point and non-point source discharge, agricultural runoff, and aquaculture; dumped foreign substances such as toxic material, dredge spoils,.
Bailey, R. Finally, the introduction of exotic species, or of man-made structures such as artificial reefs that modify beach sand budgets, also alter habitats of both target and non-target species. Habitat alteration by the fishing activities themselves is perhaps the least understood of the important environmental effects of fishing. Alterations to resource habitats due to fishing may result from the loss of habitats of non-target species, such as species encrusting cobbles, or of other epibenthic habitats, which may be important nursery areas for juvenile fish; from the alteration of nutrient levels and bottom sediment, including destruction of habitat by bottom trawling, dredging, and other fishing and processing operations; and from the generation of suspended debris that can have lethal effects long after fishing activities have ceased.
Currently, fishery habitat concerns can be addressed under Section i of the MFCMA, which allows councils to comment and make recommendations on any activity proposed by a federal or state agency that may affect the habitat of a fishery resource under its jurisdiction. A more proactive means of preserving habitat important to fishes is needed that can prevent incremental loses of these habitats by a multitude of little changes. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.
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